Health workers in British Columbia must be vaccinated against flu or wear a mask, new policy saysBMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7860 (Published 20 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7860
- Charlotte Santry
A Cochrane reviewer has accused a Canadian health chief of misquoting his work to justify a “tyrannical” policy forcing staff to be vaccinated against flu or wear a mask.
Under the policy, being introduced from 1 December, health workers in British Columbia who refuse to be vaccinated must wear a mask throughout the flu season. All those who have had the vaccine will be given a distinctive badge to wear.
British Columbia’s provincial health officer, Perry Kendall, told the Vancouver Sun earlier this month that a Cochrane review had referenced studies showing that vaccinating workers protected patients from flu and …